4 Indispensable Qualities of Leather Furniture

Mark Twain once said, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The same could be said about the popularity of leather furnishings. Some in the home decor industry have been saying that leather is on its way out for decades. The truth is, leather remains one of the most popular materials in furnishings to this day, accounting for over a third of all upholstered furniture sales. Here are just a few of the reasons why.


Large furnishings such as sofas are the anchor in any room and are typically the most expensive items to buy. Although re-decorating is a rewarding and enjoyable activity, homeowners tend to focus on changing accessories such as lamps, tables and rugs to achieve a new look. They don’t want to replace expensive items frequently.

A high-quality piece of leather furniture has unbeatable durability. A good leather sofa lasts 3 to 4 times longer than an upholstered couch. Even high-end fabric sofas have an average lifespan of 5 years, while leather can last 15 years or longer when cared for properly.


Homeowners sometimes hesitate to purchase leather furniture due to its price. Certainly, an aniline leather couch can be expensive; however, the durability of leather furnishings gives them a higher value.

Buyers should consider that a full grain leather sofa that costs $2,000 and lasts 15 years is a considerably better value than a fabric sofa that costs $1,200 but only lasts 5 years. Homeowners save a considerable amount of money when they invest in good quality leather furnishings.


A classic leather sofa in its natural shade of tan or brown is simultaneously a statement piece and a neutral presence in any room. The nature of leather creates clean lines that defy classification and the long history of the material itself gives leather furnishings a timeless quality.

The stately neutrality of a premium leather sofa can fit into multiple design styles. It fits perfectly into the clean lines of mid-century modern and is a natural fit for earthy craftsmen designs. It can anchor an eclectic aesthetic such as bohemian or maximalist decor or provide a warm solidity to elaborate design styles such as French country. A leather couch will remain in style no matter how many times a homeowner changes the decor around it.

Lasting Beauty

Just like fine wine, a leather sofa only improves with time. While a fabric sofa will fade, stain and fray, leather becomes softer, more supple and develops a patina that is beautiful to behold. Leather, like wood, is not impervious to wear and tear, but it weathers with grace and develops an even deeper richness over time.

Homeowners who are looking for a high-quality leather sofa should take a look at Poly & Bark. They have a beautiful selection of high-quality leather furnishings that will enhance any home decor. Poly & Bark allows customers to try their furnishings at home for 100 days with free returns if they are not satisfied. Their generous financing plans make fine furnishings affordable.

Sana Ahmed

Sana Ahmed, an alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Interior Architecture, has been influential in design writing since 2014. Joining our editorial team as a freelancer in 2021, Sana combines technical knowledge and aesthetic sensibility. Sana's approach to writing combines practicality with a flair for contemporary trends. Her experience includes working with renowned design firms and participating in international design workshops. Sana advocates for sustainable living and enjoys creating upcycled art in her free time.

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